Arthur Brooks on Leadership & Happiness

Monday, September 21, 2020 - Arthur Brooks discusses his work at Harvard, specifically his class entitled, “Leadership and Happiness.” His perspectives provided insight into how people's opinions are impacted by their circumstances.

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Arthur Brooks is a professor at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School. He served as president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a conservative think tank, for ten years before that.
Arthur Brooks is a professor at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School. He served as president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a conservative think tank, for ten years before that.

Arthur Brooks is a professor at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School. He served as president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a conservative think tank, for ten years before that. He is the author of 11 books, including two New York Times best sellers, The Road to Freedom, and The Conservative Heart. Today, he discusses his work at Harvard, specifically his class entitled, “Leadership and Happiness.”

Before joining AEI, Arthur Brooks was a behavioral social scientist at Syracuse University, researching the psychology of wellbeing. In his class at Harvard Business School, he teaches that people can be happier if they: (1) understand human happiness, (2) manage their own happiness, and (3) share the principles they know to create an ecosystem of happiness around them. He reiterates the ancient philosophical belief that the basis of happiness is love, and the opposite of love is not hate, but fear. He maintains that the reason we have so much unhappiness in the United States right now is because we are in a fear-based moment in American politics and culture. 

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